OCTOBER 20, 1900: GEORGIA 5, SOUTH CAROLINA 0 (Athens)
- The ball was a "prolate speheroid" without specific measurements.
- The field was 110 yards long.
- Touchdowns were worth five points.
- Five yards were needed to gain a first down.
- No forward passing was permitted.
- On a kickoff following a team scoring, it was the team who scored receiving the kickoff not the team scored upon.
THE SEASON: In only in its ninth season of playing football guided by already its seventh head coach, E. E. Jones, the 1900 Georgia squad (photo from Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library/University of Georgia Libraries) opened the season with an "easy" 12-0 victory over Georgia Tech. Georgia halfback and team captain Frank McCutcheon scored both Red and Black touchdowns on rushes.
South Carolina entered the game at Georgia's Herty Field with just a 6-15 all-time record in the school's seven-season football history. However, Coach I.O. Hunt's squad was thought to be much improved in 1900 and entered its season opener led by halfback and captain Ted Bell.
THE LINEUP (Georgia):
LE: Frank Ridley
LT: Marion Monk
LG: Harold Hirsch
C: Richard Terry
RG: I.M. Putnam
RT: Hugh Gordon
RE: Julian Baxter
QB: Cam Dorsey
LHB: Marvin Dickinson
RHB: Frank McCutcheon
FB: Samuel HewletteMARVIN DICKINSON: After transferring from Mercer, Marvin Dickinson made an immediate impact at halfback for Georgia. In 1900, he starred in the Red and Black’s 5-0 win over South Carolina and a season later scored Georgia’s only points in a 16-6 loss to Davidson with a touchdown (worth five points) and a successful point after. His rushing was the highlight in an upset, scoreless tie against Auburn.
CAPTAIN BELL TAKING HIS TEAM OFF THE FIELD:
- "It is to be regretted that so well fought a game should end in such an unsatisfactory manner."--The Red and Black
- "[Leaving the field] could be nothing but babyishness, pure and simple, and the crowd let the boys know as [South Carolina] left the field."--The Athens Banner
- "Bell ... said that his team had been robbed once too often and told the officials they could give the game to Georgia."--John Stegeman, "The Ghosts of Herty Field"
- "[Bell's] statement that Mr. Rowbotham's decisions were 'partial' towards Georgia reminds us of the callow youths who made similar charges against the 'teacher,' in our grammar-school-days."--The Red and Black